The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), directs institutions of higher education to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act directs institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the act to provide emergency grants to students.
The purpose of this funding is to provide emergency relief to students who have additional expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare). Expenses must have occurred after March 13, 2020, the date the U.S. President declared a national emergency. The funds must be distributed directly to the student and cannot be applied towards tuition or fees that a student may owe to the institution or replace the loss of income.
On April 9, 2020, the Department of Education (ED) published a letter from the Secretary of Education announcing the HEERF student funding allocation, authorized under Section 18004(a)(1), which determined award amounts for each institution using a formula based on the institution’s enrollment. On April 21, 2020, ED published a second letter from the Secretary of Education which further described the nature and use of this money, specifically for institutional reimbursement of expenses related to the disruption in campus services due to the pandemic. Finally, on April 30, 2020, ED published a third letter from the Secretary of Education, which describes funds under Section 18004(a)(3) that may be awarded, known as Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).
The purpose of this web page is to provide documentation and transparency on all funds received by DSPT through the HEERF under Section (a)(1) and (a)(3). This page also offers helpful links to students (and potential students) who require further information. As required by, DSPT offers the following responses to the seven required reporting areas: